eCOGRA board welcomes new director

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eCOGRA, the online player protection organization, announced this week that it has added Chris Hobbs to its board of directors to replace Roger Raatgever.

Hobbs is the head of corporate affairs at Microgaming. He takes a spot as one of the Founder Directors of the online gambling player protection and standards organization.

According to the eCOGRA charter, the board is made of up seven persons, three of whom are Member Directors and four, Independent Directors. The other Founder Member seats of the board are held by bwin and 888.com.

Hobbs, 45, is the senior executive responsible for corporate affairs at the Microgaming head office based in the Isle of Man. He was educated at Kearsney College in South Africa and the University of Natal. He has a bachelor degree in commerce and science.

Prior to working for Microgaming, Hobbs held management positions at Sentrachem Limited in the chemical industry and as a corporate banking executive for Absa Bank in Johannesburg and London.

"We look forward to working with Chris Hobbs, who brings to the Board impressive management experience and credentials and a strong commitment to player protection and responsible gambling," said Michael Hirst, eCOGRA's chairman of the board.

Hirst also thanked Raatgever for his service to the organization. Raatgever had served on the board since eCOGRA was formed in 2003.

"During his term as a Director, Roger Raatgever has given his complete commitment to eCOGRA, during which time it has expanded well beyond its original remit and now covers many more operating and software companies than [it did when composed of] just the Founding Members," Hirst said. "His integrity, business and industry knowledge has been invaluable to the Board."

eCOGRA is the only not-for-profit organization within the online gambling industry that offers player assurance and protection with regard to fair gaming and responsible operator behavior. More than 130 online casino and online poker rooms use eCOGRA's test and audit services, including PokerRoom and Pacific Poker.

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